Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas! & Blog Update!!!

Merry Christmas, and Happy Holidays to all my friends & followers! This morning I was blessed enough to find a very special present from my mother. Before leaving last night she left a PS3 holiday bundle under my humble Christmas tree. I unboxed it this morning, and set everything up in preparation for some long awaited PS3 gaming. I will have to wait until I download the massive amounts of PSN games & PSN Minis before I can enjoy the system properly though. This will no doubt take a full day, or more to do. In the meantime I will visit with family, and enjoy the Christmas holiday to it's fullest. Even with all this good news though there is still the looming threat of incoming severe weather, and possible tornadoes for my area today. Hopefully things will go by smoothly for me, and my family with no disasters resulting from the weather onslaught.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Holiday Greetings From Some Devs!!!

As I've been browsing Twitter, and all the other social sites today I've noticed that for the most part everyone is in good spirits. People are spreading the cheer through their tweets, and even their youtube videos. In fact this morning during my routine Youtube channel surfing I found that my good friend from overseas, Dragon had uploaded such a video. It was something that added a small amount of joy to my gloomy day. As most of you who follow me know I live in an area that's plagued by the worst sort of weather. This Christmas we are supposed to have some severe weather which could bring destruction along with it. It's a scary, and very real concern for me that my Christmas might not turn out to be so great as a result. Regardless of this dreadful future friends, followers, and game developers continue to wish me the best, and I sincerely appreciate it. I wanted to take the time, and share the three digital greeting cards that I got from "Firebase Industries (@FirebaseIND)", "NeocoreGames" & "Gentlemen Squid Studio". I hope that you all enjoy this holiday to it's fullest. Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays to all & a Happy New Year!!!

Friday, December 21, 2012

OtakuDante's "Top 10 Xbox 360 Games of 2012"

This year has been a virtual roller coaster ride for the video game industry. Some developers hit home runs with their games while others failed miserably at their attempts to impress the gamers. I'm here today to give much deserved praise to the games that have truly impressed me this year. With each game nominated (by me, in somewhat numerical order) I will also give you (the reader) my thoughts as to why I think the game in question deserves a spot on my "Top 10" list. The games will range from retail Xbox 360 games to XBLIG titles. There will definitely be credit given across the Xbox 360 gaming spectrum in that respect. I hope that you gain some knowledge as to what was good & what was not this year through my list. Keep in mind though that my opinions are my own, and that opinions are like a**holes. Everybody's got one. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to all of you reading this article! May the coming year be a blessed one for you!

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Black Knight Sword (XBLA): "SUDA 51's Masterful Fairy Tale"

When it comes to vivid, and disturbing video games no one quite does it like SUDA 51. In the past this master of the macabre has given us such titles as the strange yet intriguing "Shadows of the Damned". I never in my life fathomed that this game developer would contribute to the XBLA library though. The fact that he did proves that he is out to impress the world with his talents, and in my honest opinion I think "Black Knight Sword" does exactly that. I spent hours sitting in front of the television mesmerized by the oddities, and WTF!? moments that populated the screen. Looking back I think I will definitely have a difficult time putting into words what I witnessed during my playthrough, but I will give it my best shot.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Pinball FX2 (XBLA): "Zen Classics"

In the early next-gen days of gaming, before I even thought of doing gaming reviews, I was a serious PS3 gamer. Among my collection of PSN game titles there was a pinball game you may have heard of before. This pinball game was none other than "Zen Pinball". It was basically the same thing as "Pinball FX2", but unlike 'Pinball FX2' though 'Zen Pinball' came with it's own unique starter set. There were four tables included that each presented to the gamer an entirely unique pinball gaming experience. The tables included in the set were "El Dorado", "Shaman", "V12", and "Tesla". As Zen Studios would have it these four challenging tables were kept from the Xbox 360 version of the game for a while. It wasn't until recently that the pinball wizards of 'Zen Studios' decided to grant us Xbox 360 owners access to these early tables. In the end Zen Studios not only revived them for us, but also remastered them with amazingly enhanced graphics, and sounds. Today my friends I bring to you my breakdown of what each table has to offer the player as well as some basic stategies to achieve that highest score. Without further adieu, "Let the games begin!" ....

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Donations For A Friend

Most of you who follow me know of my friend @IRGRL's situation. She, and her family were directly impacted by the the recent hurricane that hit the northeastern United States. While they are making it fairly well at the moment they could still use some donations if you are up for it. Heating fuel is the highest priority, but donations for repairs, and necessities in the form of gift cards (True Value Hardware, Lowes, Home Depot, Target) would also be welcome as well. If you wish to donate towards the heating fuel it would be best done with something like a Visa gift card. I will leave you @IRGRL's address in case you are interested in donating. Any amount is welcome. Thanks for any support you offer my friend!

Heating Fuel - Visa Gift Card ...

Repair Donations - True Value Hardware Gift Card, Lowes Gift Card, Home Depot Gift Card, Target Gift Card

Mailing Address:

S. Vivian
12 1st avenue
Port Monmouth, NJ 07758

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Aeternum (XBLIG): "A Challenging Yet Impressive Anime Shmup"

Recently I talked/chatted with indie game developer Brook Bishop (WastedBrilliance) about doing a video review on his latest XBLIG title, "Aeternum". He gladly agreed to my proposal, but before I could even think about doing it my PC monitor overheated, and left me with a dilemma. Thankfully I was able to get the monitor working well enough to upload, and post my video review though. In the following gameplay video I will go over all the modes, and options that the game has to offer. I'll also demonstrate each mode, but only to a certain extent as the game proved too challenging for my shmup (shoot'em up) skill level. Along with these technical aspects of the game I'll also provide my opinions on how good, or not-so-good the game is. I believe a gamer should know how well a game performs before they invest their hard earned money in it. I hope you enjoy the video review, and that it provides enough insight to help you decide on whether, or not to purchase it. Please keep in mind that my commentary is a little random since I do not do video reviews too often. Thanks for stopping by!